The recent 3-1 defeat to Southampton appears to have been a tipping point for Chelsea Football Club. The vote of confidence in manager Jose Mourinho from the powers that be signified a new attitude of loyalty, persistence and stability in the face of faltering results. It was a welcome ray of light in what was otherwise a dark weekend for the Premier League champions, and it also marked a significant change of tack from a notoriously impatient board of directors.
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has said he is suffering the first "difficult" spell of his career after being dropped by manager Jose Mourinho and cannot explain the loss of form of either himself or his team as a whole.
Hazard, whose sparkling performances helped Chelsea cruise to the Premier League title last season, is without a goal in 11 games in this campaign as the defending champions have struggled.